Lin Sutherland, The Good Life, Austin "Jim Stricklan's music is original, diverse, joyful, and a uniquely happy blend of
Texas rhythm and styles. With a heart bigger than the Big Gend, Jim brings us
new favorite songs on 'Universal Sigh': the title cut, 'The Cure', 'Ain't No Foolish Thing'
and 'Suzy Says'. Although he dedicates the album to his desciption of Uncle Willie Diez
could be about himself: 'amazinly fluid...equally open-minded about styles of music...
country, swing, conjunto, cajun. To him, music was the thing... a celebration of life.'
To Jim Stricklan, music is a celebration of life... and that's our gain."
Michael Roberts, Backbeat/Westword, Denver "Jim Stricklan doesn't live here anymore (he's set up housekeeping in Austin), but when
he was a Denverite, he earned fans and a 1987 Best of Denver Award for his picking, singing,
and DJing on KBRQ radio. 'Universal Sigh' finds him applyling his jaunty baritone to a series
of Western-style ditties... To me, his most upbeat and good-humored selections, like 'The Cure'
'To Whom It May Concern', and 'Jazz for Jesus' are infinitely finer....
But everything here exudes an air of authenticity, and in this age of conformity,
that's nothing to sneeze at."